Let’s talk indoor allergies. Most of us think that people with allergies suffer mostly during the spring and summer months. That’s not necessarily true. They also suffer during the winter months as well. Did you know that there is an estimated 50 million people who suffer with either indoor or outdoor allergies? Some suffer with both. If you suffer with indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take to help relieve the symptoms. The biggest challenge of course is in identifying the allergens that trigger the symptoms. Using proper filtration in your home is the first step in finding relief from whatever indoor allergen (dust, dust mites, molds, pet dander) that is making you miserable!
Whether you are stuck inside your home during the cold winter months or getting ready to start enjoying flowers blooming in the spring, having a high-efficiency media filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 in your furnace or air conditioning unit is a must! You want to be using an air filter that captures at least 99.97% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter, or larger.
One major trigger for indoor allergies is dust. If dust is your enemy, having a great media filter that will help remove particulates floating around in your home is the way to go. Remember to use a damp cloth when dusting so that you aren’t just spreading the dust around, sending it airborne. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter also helps to capture the dust that has settled on your floors or carpets after dusting furniture. Also, keep those air vents and air returns clean. If you change your air filter at least every three months, you will help keep the air clean year round in your home. Another thing to consider is to have your heating and air conditioner units inspected and serviced every six months.
If you are having problems with humidity in your home, using a hygrometer to measure the humidity is helpful. You want the humidity level below 55%. If you live in a state where it is humid and sticky (like Florida), a dehumidifier might give you some relief.
Whatever indoor allergies you may suffer with, know that relief is just a filter away! Defend yourself by finding out what will work best for you by visiting www.filtersfast.com and start getting that well deserved good night sleep!